Film Scoring – Part 1 – Techniques For The Modern Composer

Master the Art of Composing For Film and Learn To Find Gigs Doing It


What you’ll learn

  • Get started building a portfolio of work to show their film composition talents.
  • Score a feature film using a variety of techniques.
  • Understand the process of writing music for film.
  • Write and Compose music using proven techniques and tips.
  • Create their own music using software, or good old pencil and paper..
  • Generate musical ideas through creativity exercises.
  • Tools of the trade: Software.
  • How do you start?.
  • The process.
  • Program music and metaphors.
  • Character sketches.
  • Writing through canon.
  • Score and Source.
  • Working with silent films.
  • Setting up a session.
  • Marking hits.
  • Scoring the opening credits.
  • Working with rhythm in cues.
  • Finding and analyzing POV scenes.
  • Creating atmosphere.
  • Harmonizing string melodies.
  • Polyrhythmic accompaniment.
  • Working with string orchestra.
  • The chase scene.
  • Using the brass section.
  • Building tension.

Course Content

  • Welcome & Overview –> 6 lectures • 23min.
  • Emotion and Music Theory –> 5 lectures • 25min.
  • The Process –> 3 lectures • 17min.
  • Diegetic Music and Non Diegetic Music –> 5 lectures • 23min.
  • The Ostinato –> 12 lectures • 1hr 14min.
  • Motive and Leitmotif –> 7 lectures • 45min.
  • Point of View (POV) –> 4 lectures • 31min.
  • Wrap Up –> 4 lectures • 11min.

Film Scoring - Part 1 - Techniques For The Modern Composer



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This is a class designed for the average person who is ready to take their music career (or music interest) and develop it into something more. Whether you are an active musician or an aspiring musician, this class is perfect for you.

In this course, we will learn the essential techniques used in writing music for the film. Through a series of analysis’ of well-known film scenes from your favorite movies we will learn what makes a great cue, and then apply those techniques by writing our own. I’ll be showing you some of my own projects for film and television throughout the class, and walk you through my process when composing music for a film project.

By the end of this course, students will understand the tools, lingo, and techniques used in the film composing world and will be ready to dive into their own projects. I’ll walk you through how to get started on your first project by using freely available movies that need a score.

Throughout my career, I’ve worked with major American orchestras, film studios, and video game designers. I’m also a Ph.D. in music composition and a university professor (of music composition).

Recently I was named as a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation’s Music Educator of the Year award because of my in-person university classes. Now I’m taking those classes to Udemy in an online format in order to reach more students and give them the joy of Music Theory.

I’m planning on making several “sections” of this class, and this is Part 1. As the class grows, we will go deeper and deeper into my techniques. 

In this class, we will cover:

  • Tools of the trade
  • Finding the emotional response
  • Music Theory and Genre
  • Using Modes in Film Scores
  • Finding the Message
  • Learning from Temp Cues
  • “Spotting” the film
  • Working with industry budgets
  • Diegetic music and non-diegetic music
  • Score and Source
  • The Ostinato
  • Working with silent films
  • Setting up a session
  • Marking hits
  • Scoring the opening credits
  • Motive and Leitmotif
  • Working with Leitmotifs
  • Working with the rhythm in cues
  • POV
  • Finding and analyzing POV scenes
  • Composing using POV
  • And much, much, more!

And of course, once you sign up for this class, all my other classes are yours at steep discounts! Over half off for all future sections!

The course is a roadmap to launching your career as a composer!

All the tools you need to prepare, organize and start your career are included in this course and the entire course is based on real-life experiences – not just academic theory.

Please click the “Take This Course” button so you can launch your music career today.


** I guarantee that this course is the most thorough music business course available ANYWHERE on the market – or your money back (30-day money-back guarantee) **

Closed captions have been added to all lessons in this course.


Praise for Courses by Jason Allen:

⇢  “It seems like every little detail is being covered in an extremely simple fashion. The learning process becomes relaxed and allows complex concepts to get absorbed easily. My only regret is not taking this course earlier.” – M. Shah

⇢  “Great for everyone without any knowledge so far. I bought all three parts… It’s the best investment in leveling up my skills so far..” – Z. Palce

⇢  “Excellent explanations! No more or less than what is needed.” – A. Tóth

⇢  “VERY COOL. I’ve waited for years to see a good video course, now I don’t have to wait anymore. Thank You!” – Jeffrey Koury

  “I am learning LOTS! And I really like having the worksheets!” – A. Deichsel

⇢  “The basics explained very clearly – loads of really useful tips!” – J. Pook

⇢  “Jason is really quick and great with questions, always a great resource for an online class!” M. Smith


Students who register for this course will receive ongoing exclusive content and discounts for all future classes in the series.

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